National Versus Transnational Secularism: Perspectives from South and Southeast Asia

A Conversation with Clemens Six

February 22, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Clemens Six is a scholar of contemporary global history at the University of Groningen. His research interests and publications cover secularism in South and Southeast Asia, transnational anti-imperialism, and the history of the global aid industry after 1945. While secularism is mostly analyzed within national contexts, he offers a new perspective by looking at transnational networks and actors during the decolonization period.

Based on his recent essay in Brill Perspectives on Religion and Politics, “The Transnationality of the Secular,” this conversation with Dr. Six focused on traveling ideas and shared practices of secularism in decolonizing South and Southeast Asia and on the under-acknowledged role of non-state actors such as translocal women’s circles in India, Indonesia, and Singapore around World War II. Jocelyne Cesari, Berkley Center senior fellow and editor-in-chief of Brill Perspectives on Religion and Politics, joined Dr. Six to discuss the global history of non-state institutions and transnational social networks.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and its Asian Studies Program.

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